November 2, 2009
Ted Ginn was having a bad week. After dropping two crucial passes against the New Orleans Saints during last Sunday's loss, he learned that Coach Sparano was going to re-evaluate his starting wide receiver position. On Wednesday, an open competition was held in practice and Brian Hartline was named the new starter.
The only pass that was thrown in Ginn's direction was over thrown out of bounds.
With Patrick Cobbs out for the year with a torn ACL, Ted Ginn resumed the role of kick returner last week against the Saints.
On his first two kickoff returns Ginn was tackled by New York Jets Kicker, Jay Feely. They weren't your typical stretched out, reach-and-hope type tackles. Feely ran past Miami's special teams unit and didn't allow Ginn to pass the 25 yard line. Things were not looking good for Ginn.
And then things changed.
The Jets had just taken a 6-3 lead on their first drive of the second half. On the ensuing kickoff Feely did not have a chance to record his third tackle of the game. Ginn caught the ball on the goal line a hit a hole on the right side and didn't look back. It was Ginn's first touchdown return of his career - and it wasn't enough for #19.
On the next Jets kickoff, Ginn brought the ball out of the end zone. He broke two tackles before going back to the right side of the field where he had success the previous return. No one touched him after he crossed the 20 yard line and became the first player in NFL history to have two kickoff returns for a touchdown of 100 or more yards in one game.
The Dolphins defeated the New York Jets 30-25 to sweep the season series.
Tedd Ginn's two best games have come against New York. Last time these two teams clashed, Chad Henne connected with Ginn for a 53-yard touchdown strike over double coverage that put the Dolphins up in the 4th quarter.
Ginn is not out of the dog house yet. He is still tied for third in the league with five dropped passes.
His special teams play does not guarantee a return to the starting line-up.
The Dolphins have now won three of their last four games. Next up for the Fins are the New England Patriots, on the road, whom they have not faced all season. In order to keep their playoff hopes alive, Miami will need to muster some more magic out of their bag of wild tricks at Gillete Stadium.
With a win at New England, the Dolphins will be 4-0 in the division and at a manageable 4-4 record. With a loss, they will drop to 3-5 and give the Patriots a boost in the AFC standings.